The star boarder at Washington's famed Walter Reed Hospital, a tall, spare, silvered man with a back straight as a poplar, wrote to the President of the U.S.:
"All Americans today are united in one ambitionto take whatever share they can in the defense of their country.
"As one among these millions, I hasten to offer my services, in any way in which my experience and my strength, to the last ounce, will be of help in the fight.
"With supreme confidence that, under your calm and determined leadership, we will retain our balance, despite foul blows, I am
"John J. Pershing."...